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Teambuilding Ideas for Beating the Office Winter Blues

When the weather turns colder, and winter is on its way, company teams become less energetic (read: less productive). Even with the mild winters here in South Africa, this can become a serious problem.

Contrary to what most organisation leaders believe, the cold season is a great time to engage your teams and devise a team building plan to keep the team spirits up and rekindle work collaboration and engagement.

Focus on Team Development and Training

Team development skills and training should be a constant focus of your organisation to keep teams engaged and performing at their best all-year round. Use the more lethargic cold season months to your advantage by revisiting the overall effectiveness of your team.

Devise specific coaching and training programs to highlight and improve certain team aspects where the team needs a push, whether it’s about effective communication, conflict resolution, collaborative techniques or general team dynamics.

Beyond Teambuilding pride ourselves in creating events, activities and challenges that push any team past mediocrity, allowing them to express themselves in a way that unleashes a team synergy that is often lying dormant. Our teambuilding is done in two definitive ways; formal and informal. Both have merit and are used to create the specific objectives of your particular team’s needs.

Plan Fun and Energising Winter Activities

Moving indoors does not mean your team building will be less fun and exciting than a summer outdoor adventure. Most popular and creative teambuilding exercises can fit both scenarios – indoors and outdoors.

Choose activities that energise and unite the entire team such as Interactive Drumming or Interactive Gumboot dancing that involves movement and music and teach the participants how to play, how to listen to one another, and even how to perform together.

If you want to boost team cooperation and innovative thinking, a Murder Mystery Investigation uncovering clues is a good fit, or perhaps opt for fun challenges such as Minute to Win It or The Million Rand Moola Drop where teams have to go through extensive fun games and questionnaires.

Our latest team building addition, Manic Motion, is based on the popular Rube Goldberg machine that needs to be activated through sequenced triggers that produce a domino effect. And did we mention it is perfect for an indoor winter team session?

Host a Winter Retreat

Companies can even bring their teams together, strengthen connections and hit refresh on productivity with a well-thought company winter retreat.

Not only it is the perfect excuse for a cabin-style getaway, but this time can be used to brainstorm, plan for the rest of the year, and work on current team dynamics and current issues (see above) through effective training and coaching (psst…we know a great facilitator).

And if you are still thinking about a more rustic and inclusive retreat for your team retreat, our Hadeda Creek camp can fit both indoor team building activities and relaxation in nature to give your team the best of time and care, even in the chilly season.

Winter is coming. What are you going to do about it? 😊

A well-facilitated and engaging team building event will add great value and return on investment (ROI).

The team building experience, formal or informal, is not recreational and includes process facilitation, debriefing, and reflective questioning.

Successful teams do what other teams are not prepared to do! Are you ready?

Take your team beyond with Beyond Teambuilding’s exciting events, activities and challenges that push boundaries and guarantee loads of fun.

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